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06/02/2015

OSHA Standard for Accidental Release Prevention

In response to high-profile industrial accidents, such as the Richmond, California refinery fire, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has called for changes to accidental release prevention regulations in the US. The CSB is pressing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

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03/03/2015

OSHA Rules for Workplace Fire Extinguishers

We all pass by fire extinguishers on a constant basis: in our homes, in public buildings, and in our workplaces. But how many of us know how or when to use them?

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06/03/2014

One Year Left to Update Safety Data Sheets

It’s been just over two years since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its Hazard Communication Standard with new GHS rules.
 
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) created new requirements for classifying, labeling, and creating Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for hazardous chemicals in the workplace. To give manufacturers a chance to update this information and train employees...

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11/05/2013

The GHS Training Deadline Is Almost Here

By December 1st, all companies subject to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) must ensure that their employees are trained on the HazCom rules adopted from the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classifying and labeling chemicals. [29 CFR 1910.1200(j)(1)]...

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07/03/2012

Updating Safety Data Sheets

Q. With the new GHS rules, who has to create Safety Data Sheets and what kind of information must go into them?
 
A. Now that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) into the Hazard Communication Standard, employers and chemical manufacturers must take several steps to ensure they...

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12/06/2011

Are You Ready for OSHA's GHS Adoption

Q. How will the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) affect my HazCom Standard communications?
 
A. The Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard is a rule designed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to...

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06/07/2011

Question of the Week: When Do I have to Update My Material Safety Data Sheets?

Q. Under the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires manufacturers and importers to obtain or develop material safety data sheets (MSDS) for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. Manufacturers and importers must provide these MSDS to distributors and employers with their initial shipment, and with the first shipment after the MSDS are updated.
 
How often does OSHA require manufacturer/importers to update their MSDS?

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06/07/2011

Question of the Week: When Do I have to Update My Material Safety Data Sheets?

Q. Under the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires manufacturers and importers to obtain or develop material safety data sheets (MSDS) for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. Manufacturers and importers must provide these MSDS to distributors and employers with their initial shipment, and with the first shipment after the MSDS are updated.
 
How often does OSHA require manufacturer/importers to update their MSDS?

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02/01/2011

Question of the Week: Communicating Unknown Hazards

Q. When an employer discovers that a chemical product has a hazard that is NOT indicated on the manufacturer’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), what should he or she do? A. The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS: 29 CFR 1910.1200(h)) requires chemical manufacturers to assess the hazards of their products and prepare the MSDS accordingly. The MSDS must report...

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